USNI News Fleet and Marine Tracker: Aug. 7, 2017

August 7, 2017 12:06 PM - Updated: August 7, 2017 5:37 PM
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These are the approximate positions of the U.S. Navy’s deployed carrier strike groups and amphibious ready groups throughout the world as of Aug. 7, 2017. In cases where a CSG or ARG is conducting disaggregated operations, the map reflects the location of the capital ship.

Total U.S. Navy Battle Force:


Ships Underway

Deployed Ships Underway Non-deployed Ships Underway Total Ships Underway
58 32 90

Ships Deployed by Fleet

3rd Fleet 4th Fleet 5th Fleet 6th Fleet 7th Fleet Total
1 2 24 22 55 104

In the Singapore Strait

The amphibious assault ship USS America (LHA-6) is moored pierside while on a scheduled port visit to Singapore. US Navy Photo

The America Amphibious Ready Group (ARG) and 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) are in port in Singapore at the Changi Naval Base. Changi was opened in 2004 and can accommodate large ships pier-side, including aircraft carriers. It is strategically located and used regularly by U.S. Navy ships transiting the route between the Pacific and the Indian Ocean.

The America ARG and 15th MEU will eventually relieve the Bataan ARG in the Middle East.

In the Coral Sea

Aircraft and small boats conduct search and rescue operations following a mishap involving an MV-22 Osprey from Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 265 (Reinforced) launched from the amphibious assault ship USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD-6). The search for three of the 26 personnel aboard the MV-22 Osprey was suspended Aug. 6. US Navy Photo

Bonhomme Richard Expeditionary Strike Group with 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit departed Brisbane, Australia.

A Marine MV-22 with 26 people aboard crashed Saturday. The aircraft had launched from the USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD-6) and was conducting regularly-scheduled operations when it crashed into the waters on its final approach to the USS Green Bay (LPD-20). 23 people were recovered safely. Three are presumed lost at sea. There are reports that Green Bay’s flight deck was damaged.

In the Eastern Pacific

An E/A-18G Growler assigned to the “Vikings” of Electronic Attack Squadron (VAQ) 129 prepares to launch from the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70) on July 31, 2017. US Navy Photo

Theodore Roosevelt Carrier Strike Group started its Composite Training Unit Exercise last week in the Navy training areas off San Diego. Besides the carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN-71), the CSG includes the Carrier Air Wing 17, guided-missile cruiser USS Bunker Hill (CG-52), and Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyers USS Halsey (DDG-97), USS Higgins (DDG-76), USS Preble (DDG-46) and USS Sampson (DDG-102).

The COMPTUEX is usually the first time all elements of a strike group – ships plus air wing – come together in preparation for deployment.

USS Carl Vinson (CVN-70) is also underway off San Diego providing aircraft carrier services to train pilots in Fleet Replenishment Squadrons.

In the Pacific

An F/A-18 Super Hornet assigned to the “Royal Maces” of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 27 launches from the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan (CVN-76) on Aug. 4, 2017. US NAvy Photo

The Ronald Reagan Carrier Strike Group is operating off the coast of Japan.

In the Persian Gulf

Lt. Chase Rogalski, from Toledo, Ohio., stands a landing support officer watch as an F/A-18E Super Hornet from the “Blue Diamonds” of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 146 lands on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz (CVN-68), July 29, 2017. US Navy Photo

The Nimitz Carrier Strike Group commenced combat flight operations last week, conducting anti-ISIS strikes in Syria and Iraq in support of Operation Inherent Resolve.

In the Gulf of Aden/Red Sea

Marines with the 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit stay mission ready as they conduct sustainment training while deployed with the USS Bataan (LHD-5). US Marine Corps Photo

The Bataan Amphibious Ready Group with the 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit is operating off Yemen, after arriving in theater in March.

The ARG/MEU’s mission is to provide crisis response and contingency support to combatant commanders, including maritime security operations, humanitarian assistance and advance force operations.

The America ARG and 15 MEU – currently in the Western Pacific – will ultimately relieve the Bataan ARG on station in the Middle East. Bataan ARG and 24 MEU are due to return home to Norfolk in September.

In the Atlantic

Aviation Electronics Technician 3rd Class Eric Abanil directs a Royal Navy Merlin MK2 helicopter assigned to the Tiger Squadron at Royal Navy Air Station Culdrose to land aboard the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush (CVN-77) during exercise Saxon Warrior 2017. US Navy Photo

The George H.W. Bush Carrier Strike Group is operating off the coast of Scotland.

The Bush CSG is taking part in early August Exercise Saxon Warrior 17 in the North Atlantic Ocean to “demonstrate Allied interoperability and collective defense through power projection from the sea.” Nations participating in Saxon Warrior 17 include: Germany, Norway, Sweden, the United Kingdom and the United States. Saxon Warrior was last held in 2011.

In the Western Atlantic

F/A-18F Pilot LCDR Jamie R. Struck the makes first carrier arrested landing using AAG system aboard USS Gerald R. Ford (CVN-78) off the Virginia coast. US Navy Photo

USS Gerald R. Ford (CVN-78) is underway off Norfolk conducting training and testing of the carrier’s next-generation arresting gear and launching systems, after the ship’s recent commissioning.

In addition to these major formations, not shown are thousands of others sailors and Marines serving aboard submarines, individual surface ships, aircraft squadrons, SEAL teams, Special Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Forces and other units around the globe.

Sam LaGrone

Sam LaGrone

Sam LaGrone is the editor of USNI News. He has covered legislation, acquisition and operations for the Sea Services since 2009 and spent time underway with the U.S. Navy, U.S. Marine Corps and the Canadian Navy.
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